Marine uses his own recovery story to help other veterans at new facility in York

JFT (Just For Today) Recovery and Veteran Services opened at 1337 E. Market St. in York to support veterans working to change their lives.

Written by:
Rebecca Hanlon
Marine Corps veteran Scott Young says JFT offers a place where veterans can socialize, get a good meal, or find connections to life-changing services. (Photos by Paul Chaplin for Our York Media)

Scott Young remembers leaving the Reserve Station in Harrisburg and having a few drinks at lunch. He’d later head to York, where he was living at the time, then hit up the local bars.

It never seemed like a problem, he says, but that’s how it creeps up on you.

In his downtime, the PTSD crept into his thoughts. He couldn’t relax. Booze seemed to be the only answer.

But within 13 months he had two DUIs. In 2017, he was sentenced to Veterans Court, and he finally had to address his problems.

The Marine Corps veteran has told his story hundreds of times.

He shares it at PTSD and AA meetings. He sits across the table from other veterans and tells them they aren’t alone. He’s also had to stand and face his darkness.

Scott Young remembers leaving the Reserve Station in Harrisburg and having a few drinks at lunch. He’d later head to York, where he was living at the time, then hit up the local bars.

It never seemed like a problem, he says, but that’s how it creeps up on you.

In his downtime, the PTSD crept into his thoughts. He couldn’t relax. Booze seemed to be the only answer.

But within 13 months he had two DUIs. In 2017, he was sentenced to Veterans Court, and he finally had to address his problems.

The Marine Corps veteran has told his story hundreds of times.

He shares it at PTSD and AA meetings. He sits across the table from other veterans and tells them they aren’t alone. He’s also had to stand and face his darkness.

Working together

Having worked as a recruiter, Young knows how to build rapport with veterans. Today, he uses those skills to help other in his role as the Veterans Services Coordinator with JFT (Just For Today) Recovery and Veterans Services.

While the organization is headquartered in Lemoyne, it found another home at 1337 E. Market St. in York last year. Young visits the location a few times a month to connect with the veterans who walk through the door.

“There are really good resources in York, but so many veterans don’t know about them,” Young says. “I see that as part of my job, to help them learn where to go, who to trust, how they can change their lives.”

At JFT, Young says, there’s a community center where people can socialize, get a good meal, or find connections to life-changing services.

With the help of York County Veterans Affairs, the YORKVETNETWORK, and a slew of other efforts and people committed to serving veterans, Young has seen how men and women, often struggling as he once did, can find help.

“Many of us learned in the military that we work as a unit,” he says. “For some reason, we don’t always see it that way when it comes to taking care of ourselves. We feel like we have to go it alone. And that’s not the case.”

An exciting future

Young is balancing his career with classes at HACC, where he’s studying Business Administration. He hopes to later go to Penn State Harrisburg and continue in Business Management or Supply Chain Management.

As he continues to invest in himself, he hopes other veterans can see the potential that can exist in recovery.

“It’s easy to be focused on the problems that we face in the moment,” he says. “I’ve learned there’s a lot of hope in the future. It’s my job to help other people see that for themselves.”

Get help

JFT Recovery and Veterans Support Services is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization devoted to offering safe, structured, and compassionate housing, fellowship, and recovery resources to anyone in need.

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